American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a not-for-profit civil rights and civil liberties organization that was founded in 1920. For more than 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts and legislatures to defend the U.S. Constitution and U.S. civil rights laws. Although perhaps known best for the organization’s free speech work, the ACLU was one of the earliest defenders of trans rights in the United States. It continues to advocate and bring pioneering litigation to further gender justice in areas such as access to employment, restrooms and other single-sex facilities, health care, and athletics, as well as with respect to the treatment of prisoners and detainees.

In the first half of the 20th century, the ACLU’s work on behalf of LGBTQ people often focused ...

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